Tuesday, April 20, 2010


So the Boston trip…

It was a perfect day: 50-60 degrees during the race with a northerly wind. I felt really good. I was ready. I went out and ran the first half in a perfect 1:13:39. This was perfect, I was not pushing the pace, just sitting in a pack running along. I was probably about 100th place… right where I wanted to be. I figured I’d come back in a 1:14 or 1:15. This would be perfect because Boston’s 1st half is entirely downhill. Therefore, clocking a similar yet slightly slower 2nd half is the equivalent to negative splitting there. I went through the half figuring I’d run 1:27 maybe 1:30 if I slowed down by a lot. I felt confident clicking off 5:30 miles: click, click, click… and then my calves tightened up entirely. I felt awesome, I was not straining, my breathing was controlled, by body felt great, except for my calves they were too tight to run. I knew the race was over for all practical purposes so I just settled into a shuffle and finished the race in 2:56, yes it was a slow shuffle. Might not have been the most pretty marathon but I finished it. Lesson learned: when running downhill on asphalt, even at an easy pace, if my legs aren’t ready for such pounding I can forget it.

Oh well, it was an excellent first half.


  1. Yea road marathons are hard freaking races. I've been more a lot more sore after a road 26.2 than after trail runs >2x as long.

  2. Sorry to hear it didn't go as planned. We had fun cyber-stalking your progress! Tell them to have the course go up some real mountains next time.... :)

  3. In the last few days I have read sooooo much about you and all I can say is WOW!! Tim you rock! I can't say your phenomenal running skills surprise me as in high school you were always the one to beat but you are one impressive athlete! I did want to let you know that I am working on putting together a 10 year reunion and we’d love to have you and your bride there. I am not the best at figuring out to message you here, obviously, but you can look me up on about any networking sight under Mattonna Wahlgren. Hope we can see you there and am anxiously awaiting your new race news. I shared a lot with the other classmates on my facebook page. 

  4. Tim -
    I was out on Heartbreak Hill waiting for my wife to run by and I thought I caught a glimpse of you - with a mohawk? If that was you I have a pic as you ran away. I wasn't fast enough to get the camera out earlier, with all the Dunkin Donuts and coffee in my hands:-) I can email it to you if you are interested.

  5. Hey Tim,

    My name is Scott Jaime. I read on a blog that you didn't have a shoe sponsor so I contacted Pearl Izumi. You should be receiving shoes when you get home from back East. Email me: esjaime44@gmail.com so that I can get you in touch with the shoe guy at Pearl. Talk soon